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Archive for April, 2016

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Spring, glorious Spring

Saturday, April 30th, 2016

I loved talking to my kids’ kindergarten classes about skin and the sun. They were so curious and had tons of questions. I taught them about the structure and function of the skin, sun safety and Vitamin D. I didn’t tell them that sun is all bad, but that because of where we live, we need to protect ourselves.

I could’ve talked to them all day, but alas, I only had a half-hour. I tried to avoid talking about skin cancer, but they kept being drawn to “What is that black thing?” (illustration of melanoma).

I’ve been looking like a hot mess lately and haven’t been getting great sleep, still avoiding much makeup. But I still get compliments on my skin at least!

Happy Springj!

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Expert in lumps and bumps

Saturday, April 23rd, 2016

Have been doing surgery on many a lump and bump lately.

Cysts are sacs of skin trapped underneath the skin, often starting from a pimple which gets out of hand (the follicle dilates), an ingrown hair, or simple bad luck. Sometimes they can leak and smell putrid (believe me, my nurses and lab techs love me now!).

Though there is nothing wrong with leaving them alone, sometimes they get bigger to the point of annoyance, get infected or inflamed. The insurance companies will only consider covering their removal if we are in those types of scenarios.

Do not squeeze them, you’ll just ask yourself to have a stinky mess or they can get worse. You cannot just drain them either-the sac is still there and will just reaccumulate.

Successful removal includes complete removal of the sac. I’ve operated on many a cyst which were unsuccessfully removed by others.

It’s like delivering a baby, trying to get it out of a small hole! Most of the time, the scar is smaller than the cyst itself due to careful technique.

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Back from Utah!

Wednesday, April 6th, 2016

Thank you for allowing me to take a week off! It was fun, though not very relaxing (taking care of 6.5 year old twins all by myself for 6 days-am I crazy?)

The weather was perfect. 40-50 degrees and it snowed every day. We secured a fabulous convenient condo two blocks to Deer Valley and I hope to stay there again-let me know if you want the referral. One of my daughters wanted to try snowboarding, so we went to Park City Resort-had not been in 21 years since I was an intern in Seattle when I took a trip by myself around April (and remember the slush). Taken over by Vail Resorts, the prices are steep and the service and facilities did not match up. It took an hour to get skis compared to no wait at DV, so definitely consider renting from one of the many shops on site in the mall or use one of the ski butler services. However, the ski conditions were great and the ski school for kids was also good.

However, nothing compares to Deer Valley when it came to service. I must say they have some of the KINDEST employees on the planet. Maybe it is their age/maturity, but these elderly sweethearts went the extra mile to carry all of our skis up to storage, to look for my kid’s gloves when she forgot them at school, and took the trouble to find us downstairs eating yogurt. They have a true love for the sport, the resort, and just want you to have a good time (and they take pity on moms who are by themselves schlepping all the equipment around!). The soup and salads are great at Empire Canyon Lodge as well. For the non-skiers, it’s just behind the Montage and can be reached by car.

I had an amusing time with all the powder this year. I’m a horrible powder skier and got a little too confident after making it down a run I had trouble with last year. For the record, double blue, such as Orion, at DV can mean super steep moguls. I could be wrong, but in Colorado those are always black. I know my limitations and took off my skis and had a peaceful, though exhausting walk through the trees back to Supreme-I had fantasies of some guy coming to my rescue and carrying my skis! (This actually happened once in a back bowl at Vail). I need to either take lessons or just keep being a groomer girl. You can weigh in next time you see me, but given what I do for a living, please talk me out of my inherent drive to go down difficult runs!

The trip was capped off by a new kiddie snowmobiling feature at Gorgoza Park, the best children’s book and clothing store I’ve ever been to (Children’s Hour in SLC-absolutely a must for moms and grandmas-unique stuff from Europe), and the fabulous young guy who works at Pei Wei at the airport who made my month by telling me “You’re very pretty!” when I was just meaning to order some beef with broccoli kiddie meals. OK, before you think he was trying to hit on me-he’s gay and that makes it all the more lovely. I would’ve liked to have stolen him for a personal assistant/yes man at that very moment had I had the option!

I have a new look-been rocking my glasses a lot lately, cut my hair and continue to maintain my skin with my own products. So exhausted lately, not wearing eye makeup, and somehow everyone says I look like a kid (?!). I take a lot of inspiration from some of my patients, who are 77-92 years young-these amazing women have wonderful energy, are funny and have great fashion sense. You know who you are-my heroes!

It’s been very busy in the office. Surprising since it’s April and if you look at the restaurants in LA lately, they are pretty darn empty. I’ll be taking about a week a month off every month until the end of the year (except maybe September), so please call and plan ahead so you won’t be disappointed.

Thanks also to the kind patients who have lifted me up into the Top 10 Santa Monica dermatologists on Yelp. I think Yelp is an awful concept for professional services, but I will take it!

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